“A rural slice of English eccentricity”
“Nozstock is the best festival of its size in the UK”
Phill Jupitus and The Blockheads
NOZSTOCK: THE HIDDEN VALLEY
Amid the brushes of Herefordshire’s countryside lies Nozstock: The Hidden Valley. Founded by local residents during the hazy, optimistic and halcyon days at the turn of the millennium, it’s a homegrown event built from a curious amalgamation of performance, art, electronic supersounds and good old-fashioned guitar-strumming and drum-bashing. Now an established, leading family event in its 13th year, Nozstock is a sonic escape boasting eight main stages of entertainment with surprising sights and intimate, secluded areas of theatre and discovery to be unearthed.
When its visitors down tools and hand themselves over to the laid back atmosphere of the event for three pleasure-filled days, there’s a small world of frivolity to find, all scrupulously programmed by the festival’s founders, the Nosworthy family and their eclectically-informed friends.
The festival’s ethos is about bringing play to everyone, in whatever form it can. Nozstock believes in the value of not only entertaining, but in participation and contribution. Above all, Nozstock: The Hidden Valley is a blissful family festival that caters to all ages with activities that little ones can enjoy as well as families en bloc, keeping in the spirit of those early days.
THE JIM JONES REVUE – ADRIAN EDMONDSON + THE BAD SHEPHERDS – ALABAMA 3 – VINTAGE TROUBLE – SIX DAY RIOT – FOREIGN BEGGARS – CW STONEKING – TODDLA T – THE WURZELS – THE CORRESPONDENTS – ANDY C – NETSKY – SONIC BOOM SIX – SPUNGE – DC BREAKS – ALIX PEREZ – RESO
BORGORE – ICICLE – MC GQ – MC SEROCEE – LAID BLAK – DIRT SOUND SYSTEM – TAKO LAKO – MC REMIDY – DUB MAFIA – JAZZSTEPPA – DR MEAKER – THE ANOMALIES – DUB BOY – TRIBE OF FROG – AMOSS – OCTO PI – SONNY WHARTON – THE MISERS – ZEBEDY RAYS –GALANASTRA -AULOS – BSN:420 – WE STEAL THIEVES – NICHOLAS STEPHENSON – STAGECOACH – RICKY COOL AND THE HOOLA BOOLA BOYS – SASHI AND THE WILD BEANS – ROBBIE BOYD BAND – FOLIE ORDINAIRE – CAPAC – BILLY WHIZZ – DEX – SCUBAROOTS – RAGTIME EWAN – DOG SECTION – BOATBAR TO HAMBURG – NO THEE NO ESS – PETER BRUNTNELL – MARIA OWEN – SCOTT MIDLANE – RYAN JAMES – BENIN CITY – THE GENTLE SEA – KENTISH FIRE – THE STOWAWAYS – MAGIC POLAR BEARS – THIS IS TY – NILA & THE RAJAS – JAMES PAGE – KAL LAVELLE
PHIL KAY – ABANDOMAN – ROB ROUSE
DAVEY CONNOR – LIAM WILLIAMS – MATT WINNING – AHIR SHAH – JOHN CAIRNS and many many more….
THEATRE & CABARET:
THE OUSE VALLEY SINGLES CLUB – KILL LORD WHITNEY – BRISTOL MOTLEY THEATRE COMPANY – OPHELIA BITZ – OWEN NIBLOCK and much more…
New for 2011:
This year’s theme: ‘Twisted Carnival’.
Festival friends are encouraged to dress up in the brightest, eye-catching outfits they can procure. The theme should inspire all sorts of warped imaginations. Be bold, be free, be you!
Nozstock’s home-grown bars will offer the Wye Valley’s favourite brew Butty Bach, local Kingston Rosey & Press ciders… the usual spirits, lagers, wines and homemade cocktails, embellished with our own special ingredients. We try to keep as close to pub prices as we can.
Food will be sourced locally where possible. An eclectic mix from around the world to stimulate the taste buds. For carnivores there’ll be the delicious Hog on the Spit, tasty burgers and there’s healthy vegan and veggie options too.
New roads after the year of rain; so easy on and offsite access.
New beefy soundsystem in the Cubicles for the dnb & dubstep, thanks to Dirt Sound System of Bristol – built from Void bass bins and Stasys Primes.
Boutique camping and tipis.
Nozstock Supermarche selling all useful supplies for the festival camper.
Official Merchandise (hoodies, tshirts, lighters, programmes)
Workshops – free standing, comedy, theatre, arts & crafts, kids…
Arts & craft area with sculptures
Little Wonderland Kids’ Area – all weekend entertainment for 12s and under.
Jamming round the wood fire
The Arenas and Stages:
Nozstock’s main arena, The Hidden Valley, is landscaped around a ramshackle Tudor farmhouse which sits on the side of the Valley in the centre of the festival site. It’s nestled against The Garden Stage, which hosts an array of eclectic bounce-inducing artists with an electronic turn post-sundown. The Orchard boasts the bigger names and good rollicking party bands as the Bandstand offers experimental electro-acoustica from diverse and unsigned artists.
The converted cowsheds include the Cubicles, sub-thumping drum ‘n’ bass and dubstep, to be found aside the Bullpen, knees-up housey beats and alternative dance. The Coppice’s luminous sounds from veterans of psytrance Tribe of Frog are the blissful converse to the Bantam of the Opera Theatre which explores another world with live performance, workshops and after-dark experimental cabaret while Laughing Stock bills prime-time comedians and up-and-comers, providing raucous chuckles and proper belly rumbles.
Shenanigans for the mini-festival goer occur off the beaten track and over the bridge where the Dingle is programmed with workshops aplenty and theatrical splendor, where opportunities abound to get interactive and remember how to play like only kids know how.
You can also catch a late night short film or music video from the mesmerising screenings on offer in the Cinetent, or grab some delicious local fare and a cocktail and take a tour round the site, letting your curiosity get the better of you.
In essence, Nozstock: The Hidden Valley is your chance to romp throughout a weekend of guilt-free debauchery and indulge in a medley of eye-opening encounters.
Food and Drink:
Delicious Herefordian meat will be available as tasty steaks and burgers and our themed homegrown bars, The Bearded Lady, The Troll’s Revenge and Dingle-bar Hump-a-drink will be serving you the finest local ciders and our cocktail creation courtesy of the lovely Celtic Marches’ fine fruit brandy, ‘Tigerblood’!
Plus we’ll have delicious foods of the world, from lovely fresh Italian pasta, pizza and panini to Japanese cafes serving beautiful cuisine and offering you the chance to learn how to make it through workshops. And for those with the sweet teeth a selection of luxury choices including organic award-winning ice cream from the Splitscreen Ice Cream Co. serving their creamy wares from that mainstay of all festival sights, a lovely little VW camper. Fill your tummy – you’re going to need that energy for all that dancing.
Kids Area – Little Wonderland
The theme for 2011’s kids is ‘Space’ – dress up and get involved. Space Hoppper races, puppet workshops, storytelling, bubbles, penalty shoot outs, reiki and yoga – lots of activities for the little ones.
Theatre – 10 minute plays created, planned and performed in situ.
Workshops – stilt walking, unicycling and juggling for beginners
Craft Quarter – camp fire sing songs
Healing Tent – pop in for a massage
Cabaret and Burlesque by night
Tent of Temporary Thought – wisdom, opinions and debate
And last but not least – Sock Wrestling!
Gates open at 10am from Friday 29th July. Shuttle services will be on offer from local town Bromyard and to and from Hereford and Worcester before and after the festival.
Adult Advance Weekend Tickets £75
Teen Advance Tickets (13-17 yrs old) £55.00 (16s and under must be accompanied by adult) SOLD OUT
Child Ticket (12 and under) FREE (must be accompanied by adult)
Camper Van/Live in Vehicle Pass £28.00
Parking Pass Full Weekend £5.00 in advance
Location: The Farm, Rowden Paddocks, Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7 4LS
For more information please contact Karen Johnson/ Orbit PR
Karen@oribitpr.net +44 (0) 7930391607